St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to get your green on. To spark your Irish spirit, here are some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day and online resources for free coloring pages and printables for kids. “USA Today” pointed out that St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish, but he was “kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16” around the year 400 A.D. However, according to History.com, the mysterious St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and one of Christianity’s most celebrated figures.
St. Patrick’s Day is often associated with green beer and wild parties. However, it can also be a family-friendly celebration for kids. With a little imagination and G-rated planning, children can also participate in the festivities, even if they aren’t Irish. Many cities host parades and festivals that are free and appropriate for families. So, this weekend, find something green to wear and enjoy the luck of the Irish.
Top 10 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s Day
- St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 around the globe to honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.
- St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and girls wear green ribbons in their hair.
- Many cities have a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has a huge St. Patrick’s Day festival from March 15-19 that features a parade, family carnivals, treasure hunt, dance, theater and more. In North American, parades are often held on the Saturday or Sunday before March 17. Some paint the yellow street lines green for the day. In Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. There has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, Ma. since 1737. Montreal is home to Canada’s longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade, which began in 1824.
- Ireland is associated with the color green because it is known as “The Emerald Island.”
- According to the Guinness Book of World records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14.
- Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love, and the fourth for luck.
- Some American towns have Irish names. You could visit: Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia; Shamrock Lakes, Indiana; Shamrock, Oklahoma; Shamrock, Texas; Dublin, California, and Dublin, Ohio.
- The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south; and orange, the people of the north. White represents the peace that brings them together as a nation.
- 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. That’s almost nine times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million people.
Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Resources for Free Printables and Coloring Pages:
From leprechauns to rainbows and 4-leaf clovers, there are a ton of free printables and coloring pages from which to choose for St. Patrick’s Day coloring fun. Here are ten great online resources:
- ABC Teach
- MES English
- Primary Games
- The Holiday Spot
- Billy Bear4kids (younger kids)
What is a Blarney Stone?
The Blarney is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, about five miles from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab. The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. Today, the castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens. The word blarney has come to mean clever or flattering talk.
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